Random Friday

And I finished coloring Samantha the Witch and the Desi Vampire! The pages without lettering are now on DeviantART.

Samantha colBeta-readers might recognize the original ending of the novel even without the balloons…

The PDF with the lettering and an introduction and probably the strips that talk about that story will be a freebie for whoever subscribes to the UPB newsletter

Now I better go and letter it, though! ๐Ÿ™‚ And then I can toy with the Star Minds Kids again. As for Da Strip, I’m starting to figure out which can be published and which better stay private… but I’m not sure how to publish it. Web-strip is probably better, or maybe I’ll give it to Patreon supporters.

Don’t panic, I haven’t opened that Patreon account yet… did I mention it’s (again) the Year of the Sloth? Everything in due time… ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!


Random Friday

Let’s make it Art Friday or something. A preview of Samantha the Witch and the Desi Vampire – pencils only and the last scene still to draw. That’s the original ending, and the first thing I wrote, but then Rajveer’s story took another turn. I thought this was fun to draw, so I’m doing this chibi-style comic about it (see even the original doodle about Samantha’s pet vampire)…

StW&DVpencil_resizeAnd now a few cloudy skies and winter suns… Roman December courtesy of Da Smartphone! Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sunday Surprise

Apparently the author of the month has forgotten she’s on, so no author interview… unless you’d like to be featured on this blog – you or your characters, I have also a batch of questions for fictional characters if you prefer – I guess I won’t have any guests this month.

2015-09-12 09.44.52Which is kinda fine, since it’s not really a writing month for me! ๐Ÿ™‚ So here’s what I’m doing this weekend:

Drawing S.K.Y.B.A.N.D (pencils done, theย  inking is the hard part – and then the colors… and the lettering… sigh!).

Working on PODs (two done, two more to go…).

Formatting and uploading new titles (or final drafts for pre-order).

Friday morning I was at the office inking the latest strip (I don’t know when I’ll publish those and if I ever will, so don’t ask – they’re becoming too personal to be published! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe I’ll choose the most interesting eventually – when I’m done coloring them) and a woman came in saying “Oh, I wish I could draw like that!”

I mean, the strip. Chibi-style. I told her “I flunked illustration school because I didn’t come from an art school, but I kept drawing because I like it.”

It’s called… practice. You know, that thing musicians or other creative people do – except writers and, apparently, artists. Lots of wannabes there. “I want to write a book” but they never find the time. “I wish I could draw” but they never put pencil to paper.

I have no artistic talent. My portraits are traced from pictures. My comics are free hand and you can absolutely tell I know nothing of human anathomy – and I never draw animals (unless I can trace, so no mythical beasts, since I don’t want to steal another artist’s work) because I don’t have the will to practise.

I like drawing people, so I keep drawing people, trying different styles and never stopping. I’ll never be a professional comic artist, but I don’t care. I do it as a hobbyist because it helps me take a break from writing. But I did learn some tricks through the years.

Maybe you can’t tell, but I know when I resume drawing after a few years without doing it. I need to go back to the basis. I downloaded chibi and non-chibi human forms in different poses as reference for my comics and the strip and the vignettes…

And then I draw. And I write, but keep learning. Of course some of my older stories make me cringe, but they were the best I could produce at the time, and it’s fine. I won’t burn them just because they were crap… Nor will I throw away my old comics, although I won’t scan them and publish them either…

2015-09-12 09.45.27And with these philosophical Sunday thoughts, I shall go back to publishing and drawing… Createspace has approved the books, so I ordered the final proofs that should arrive shortly! ๐Ÿ™‚ (BTW that cover art on those two is by Mighty Marvelous Maurizio Manzieri, not me!) Have a great Sunday! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunday Surprise

Should have been artworks, but there’s only one new upload on DeviantART (although it’s two drawings, done last weekend). Been watching old movies and writing and reading, so… no more pencil portraits for now. So Thus I’m posting the “summary” of 2013 and how I got to doing a strip. These strips are done copy-pasting from Superdeformed Threesome Millennium, included in 15 years of Creative Barbwire – all from 2013! Enjoy.


Random Friday

While I wait for some more feedback, I’m already changing things around again… taking out other points of view and researching the other characters so I can have a clearer idea of how things go. And the discarded first ending? It’s not going to vanish. A condensed version will come out as comic book – chibi-style. Which will allow me to use the whole first page for the title “Samantha the Witch and the Desi Vampire”! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have written it (it’s about 20 pages), but I won’t start working on it until probably Rajveer the Vampire comes out! I still need to draw that last chapter of S.K.Y.B.A.N.D., color the strips and other vignettes and possibly go back to my usual pencil portraits. Maybe when it cools down! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll leave you with some sketches of the alternate ending – cover and lettering attempts while I was supposed to pay attention at a DayJob course…

Random Friday

I’m going to unleash Happy Fangirl Barb! ๐Ÿ™‚ First what I got in the mail:

IMG_9033_resizeYes, SiP Kids – and the comic is even signed, whoot! If you don’t know what that is, go check Strangers in Paradise right now! And you might remember I’ve met with The Terry at Torino Comics two years ago…

The rest is Da Muses, both busy with movies out in October… so here’s what I’m looking forward to. Trailers ahead!

But of course, I won’t post the trailer for the other Muse, since there’s the dance item that looks much better – and since it’s the title song… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a great weekend!

Writer Wednesday

MTSK4DTFNew title out! More Tales of the Southern Kingdoms is now live on Kobo, Kindle, DriveThruFiction, Smashwords, Barnes&Noble and Apple! A collections of stories of the Southern Kingdoms, including Amrendra and the Hooded Man. If you haven’t checked the single novellas, go get the anthology now!

By the way, for the final weeks of the Smashwords sale, I enrolled even the previous two titles – 50% off, like the rest. So the latest upload is the only one at full price! ๐Ÿ™‚ The sale is ending soon, so hurry! Get that honorable mention novella for 1,50$ NOW! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m almost done with the S.K.Y.B.A.N.D. pencils, but then I’ll need to ink and then to color and then to letter and then the summer will be over before I know it, also because I’ll be away for a week and I don’t intend to take the drawing stuff with me. I’ll be writing then – Hakeem’s Rival probably, part 3 of the Assassins’ Guild story. So #14 won’t be ready for Loncon, even if it would be a good timing. But since I don’t do the print version of single issues anymore, it’s not that bad after all! ๐Ÿ˜€

And my final schedule for Loncon is as follow:

Old New Classics: The Off-Beat and Indie Comics of Yore

Saturday 13:30 – 15:00, Capital Suite 14 (ExCeL)

When people discuss the Golden Age and Silver Age of Comics the conversation is often dominated by the emergence of the superhero in both DC and Marvel. However, from its inception comics were always a fertile breeding ground for fun, weird, and alternative stories.
What influential, under-appreciated comics from the past deserve a higher profile today? What kind of comics would people like to see more of now, that were plentiful in the past?
Are we more progressive in comics today, or re-learning to embrace the medium?

with Scott Edelman, Smuzz, Allan J. Sim, Peter Sutton, Barbara G.Tarn

If you happen to be there, please show up and then we can have a coffee together! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This week’s buzz is, of course, Kindle Unlimited. In case you’ve been living under a rock, I’ve gathered a few links for you: Lucky Bat Books, Scott William Carter, Hugh Howey, David Gaughran, Smashwords… and I’m sure you can find tonz more. Enough for an informed decision.

The other “controversy” is the numbers shared by AuthorsEarnings.com. What about those numbers? The Guardian wrote about it, and Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler had to comment… Or, like PG says “since nobody on the tradpub side seems to act like a rational adult when discussions of self-publishing and Amazon occur, weโ€™re unlikely to be able to schedule an adult debate any time soon.”

Anyhow, welcome to the new and changing landscape of publishing. If you need help to cope, here’s a post for you. And like Jeff Bezos says “Your fear is my opportunity” (read the rest on Hugh Howey’s blog)… Have a great week!

Writer Wednesday

15yearsDTCAnd it’s out! A collection of my doodles or comics or vignettes or whatever you want to call them! Since it’s a big fat file full of JPGs, it’s out only on Amazon and DriveThruComics. The POD version will come out later this year with DTC (when I manage to finish SKYBAND and do the third and last Omnibus).

My Italian friends are already claiming the Italian version… I don’t know when I’ll have time to translate everything, though. I haven’t even finished lettering Fleur de Lys (I sold one copy of each on Amazon UK)… I mean, I kinda like the fact that I’m selling something in my mother tongue, but I still prefer writing in English, especially comics and fantasy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, I hope to finish translating the Snippets next week at the latest, so I can go back to The Hooded Man and then send it off to Writers of the Future. Then I’ll have to write some Amazon stories if I want to issue something new in English this summer! ๐Ÿ˜€ I will also write More Tales of the Southern Kingdoms before the end of the year, as well as Star Minds The Next Generation.

As for B.G.Hope… we’ll see. Still mulling over the last body switch. Flash of scenes but not much else, so I’m not ready to write it, yet. Not in a hurry – if I can’t find a storyline, I’ll translate some M/M romance just to have something out under my other pen-name. But since it’s Loncon year, I’d rather concentrate on my main pen-name, for when I’ll meet my fans, LOL!

Now, the writerly links! Wow, David Farland is no longer cautiously optimistic about the future of publishing! He’s finally excited by all the new opportunities for writers – something that wouldn’t have happened in the 20th century, when I started writing! So lucky you starting off today, just go for it! ๐Ÿ˜€

You could start with IndieReCon – already in progress at this time, but it’s still on until tomorrow. Then hop off and sign up for an online workshop with Dean Wesley Smith. And don’t forget to follow Kris Rusch’s Thursday business posts, the latest being on social media. Now you know why I don’t feel the need to go on Twitter – not my target audience anyway, haha! ๐Ÿ˜‰

More: Joe Konrath vs James Patterson. And Mark Coker’s comments on Hugh Howey’s initiative. If you’re indie published, don’t forget to take the survey at authorsearning.com. And then help other writers, at whichever point of your career you are. I don’t do reviews anymore, but if I read something terrific, I will mention it, or interview the author or have him/her over – nobody can market your book like yourself! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And by the way, Smashwords authors have published 10billion words – and I’m one of them! ๐Ÿ˜‰ From January 2011 to February 2014 I’ve published 68 titles, approx. 2006200 words (two-million-and-change, sorry, can’t write the numbers the American way, LOL), so 0,02% of the grand total – and that’s not counting the comics, only a couple of which are on Smashwords, most of them are on DriveThruComics.

Since we’re playing with numbers: 18 titles are under 10K; 24 are 10-30K (novellas); 22 are 30-90K (novels) and only 2 are over 100K, it’s the Star Minds trilogy or complete series in both Italian and English (the single books are 50K+30K+30K approx.)! So you know my average/favorite length is somewhere between 10k and 80k – not too short, but not too long either! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now I better go back to work… sort of, since I’m at DayJob at this time… probably like this…25022014smallHave a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Random Friday

Spent Wednesday afternoon tweaking the PDF (was 100+MB is now 60MB) for “15 years of creative barbwire” and tried to do a mobi version with Kindle Comic Creator. Unfortunately it can’t detect my square panels (probably because they look like one), therefore it will be just a PDF for now, out soon on DriveThruComics.

I need to check a couple of final things on a printed version of some kind first (the Superdeformed Threesome was sometimes hard to read with the reduction of format…). I’ll order a B&W version sometime next month to see if the tweaks have done any good. The colorย POD version will come out when I finish SKYBAND (with Omnibus 3) on DriveThruComics.

In the meantime, I give you two pages of preview:


107Stay tuned! That’s my Valentine to myself, by the way… the greatest love story of my life: writing&drawing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you celebrate it, happy Valentine… Have a great weekend!

Random Friday

Okay, summary of Lucca Comics & Games:

Lucca2013_resize(yes, I have bicolored hair at this time – my hairdresser is having so much fun with me, I can’t deny her, can I?) Ahem, where were we. Ah, yes, comicon. Well… too crowded for my tastes, I couldn’t get everything I was looking for because some places were unaccessible. I couldn’t even wave a “Hello” to Terry Moore, the barrage of fans and people was impossible to get through. Meh. But I did spend some time at his exhibition (it was quiet and there was a place to sit down – away from the darn rain!)! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I did manage to see friends (publishers or comic book artists) I get to see only at fairs, but even getting into the Games to watch Maurizio Manzieri work was a hassle. It was much more crowded than what I remembered from 2009 and made me wish I didn’t go at all. Maybe I’m really too old for this (says the lady who goes to London to watch a Bollywood movie, haha).

Anyway, I’ll end with a short gallery… I’ll be back from London tomorrow, and next week I’ll tell you how my final vacation went! Offline until then, don’t worry if I don’t answer to your comments right now! Have a great weekend!

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